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Abu Dhabi GP Live: Max Verstappen becomes new F1 champion - Live Updates, Results

Lewis Hamilton led the season-ending Abu Dhabi GP for almost the whole race, till Max Verstappen overtook him on the final lap.

Abu Dhabi GP Live: Max Verstappen becomes new F1 champion - Live Updates, Results

Lewis Hamilton overtakes Max Verstappen on the first corner of the Abu Dhabi GP (Getty)


The Bridge Desk

Updated: 12 Dec 2021 4:57 PM GMT

The Formula One title-deciding Abu Dhabi GP got off to a sensational start on Sunday, with second-placed Lewis Hamilton and first-placed Max Verstappen almost coming together at the first corner before the British driver pulled ahead of the German. Kimi Raikkonen ended the final race of his career bowing out at Lap 28. Hamilton led the race throughout but Verstappen pulled off one of the most incredible finishes to an F1 season - overtaking Hamilton on the last lap.

Verstappen has become the F1 World Champion for the first time, ending Hamilton's reign. Verstappen and Hamilton headed into Sunday's finale tied in the championship standings, the first time the title contenders are even going into the deciding race since 1974.

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  • 12 Dec 2021 3:01 PM GMT

    List of Formula One World Champions in 21st century

    2021 - Max Verstappen (Netherlands), Red Bull

    2020 - Lewis Hamilton (Britain), Mercedes

    2019 - Hamilton, Mercedes

    2018 - Hamilton, Mercedes

    2017 - Hamilton, Mercedes

    2016 - Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes

    2015 - Hamilton, Mercedes

    2014 - Hamilton, Mercedes

    2013 - Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull

    2012 - Vettel, Red Bull

    2011 - Vettel, Red Bull

    2010 - Vettel, Red Bull

    2009 - Jenson Button (Britain) Brawn

    2008 - Hamilton, McLaren

    2007 - Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari

    2006 - Fernando Alonso (Spain) Renault

    2005 - Alonso, Renault

    2004 - Michael Schumacher (Germany) Ferrari

    2003 - Schumacher, Ferrari

    2002 - Schumacher, Ferrari

    2001 - Schumacher, Ferrari

    2000 - Schumacher, Ferrari

  • 12 Dec 2021 2:44 PM GMT

    A stunning finish to a stunning season for Verstappen

    'I kept fighting. That opportunity in the last lap, it was insane. I feel like crying,' says the new F1 world champion as he speaks to the camera for the first time.

    'Checo is an amazing teammate,' he says of Sergio Perez, who helped slow Hamilton down by around 5 seconds earlier in the race.

  • 12 Dec 2021 2:36 PM GMT

    Verstappen wins!

    Insane finish to an insane race! Verstappen finishes ahead of Hamilton! That is surely one of the most incredible finishes to an F1 season. Verstappen is whooping in delight. Hamilton has not uttered a word so far. Surely that is not the last we have heard of this.

    Hamilton overtook Verstappen on Lap 1 and led the race throughout - till a final twist of fate in the final lap. Latifi's crash gave Verstappen a chance to get soft tyres for the last lap. And he did the impossible! He overtook Hamilton on the last lap to dethrone the world champion. Hamilton's F1 reign ends. 

    Max Verstappen is the new F1 World Champion!

  • 12 Dec 2021 2:33 PM GMT

    Verstappen overtakes Hamilton on last lap!

    One final lap. Hamilton and Verstappen shoot off the blocks. The crowd roars! Verstappen overtakes Hamilton in the last lap! Unbelievable! Last 2 miles remaining! What a finish!

  • 12 Dec 2021 2:30 PM GMT

    Lap 54/58: Verstappen pits to get on soft tyres for one final try to overtake

    Hamilton increases his lead to 13.267s from Max Verstappen. A top race to finish for the 7-time champion. Lewis Hamilton looks set to retain his crown. Mercedes look set to win.

    But now, with 5 laps left, is there one final twist in the tail? The safety car is brought out as Latifi crashes. Verstappen pits to get on softs - that's his last chance! Hamilton still on hard tyres with the last few laps left.

  • 12 Dec 2021 1:55 PM GMT

    Lap 32/58: Hamilton rebuilds lead from Verstappen

    Perez held up Hamilton up long enough to reduce an 8.5 second gap to less than 4 seconds! A sure nominee for teammate of the year as Verstappen seeks to end Hamilton reign. Hamilton sets a fastest lap to take his lead above four seconds on Lap 30. On Lap 32, Hamilton’s lead creeps towards five seconds.

  • 12 Dec 2021 1:49 PM GMT

    Lap 28: Kimi Raikkonen retires in his last race

    In his final career F1 start, Kimi Raikkonen has brake issues. He slid off course and kissed the tire barrier. And it's over. Kimi retires from the race. One of the longest careers in Formula 1 comes to an end. The last world champion in Ferrari's red - it's the end of an era today.

    The Verstappen-Hamilton battle is heating up at the front end, meanwhile:

  • 12 Dec 2021 1:37 PM GMT

    The Hamilton-Verstappen coming-together

    Hamilton may have had the better start, but Verstappen's Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez is doing some great work for his team. Holds off Hamilton, who remains the race leader, for a while before taking his pitstop. Verstappen is now in third.

  • 12 Dec 2021 1:29 PM GMT

    Lap 14: Hamilton in lead after Lap 1 collision

    Did Hamilton cut the corner as he overtook Verstappen to take the early lead in the season-deciding race? That has been the big question from the first few laps of the race. 

    On Lap 14, Verstappen pits. That could be his sole stop of the race. He’s fifth as he rejoins the pack. Lewis Hamilton leading the race at this point and in line to defend his crown.

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